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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 8:37 PM
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Amazon to open second corporate office in Vancouver - Not HQ2 though

CTV Nov 3, 2017 - http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/amazo...-hq2-1.3662475
Is this all tied to WeWork Vancouver?
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 8:49 PM
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Is this all tied to WeWork Vancouver?
No this is separate. They already have a 1,000 person office downtown, they are adding another 1,000 employees to a new office nearby. WeWork is leasing a different space downtown.
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 10:05 PM
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No this is separate. They already have a 1,000 person office downtown, they are adding another 1,000 employees to a new office nearby. WeWork is leasing a different space downtown.
The space they took with WeWork is so that they can start staffing up before their new building is ready in 2020.

This isn't the last of the Amazon expansions in Vancouver though, expect a few thousand more jobs to be announced over the next few years.
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 11:15 PM
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The space they took with WeWork is so that they can start staffing up before their new building is ready in 2020.

This isn't the last of the Amazon expansions in Vancouver though, expect a few thousand more jobs to be announced over the next few years.
Ah, I see. I did not realize that is why they had taken up the space with WeWork.
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 11:26 PM
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Ya they're going full in. There are already 249 jobs posted on Amazon's website and that's just the tip of the iceberg. They'll be by far the largest employer downtown Vancouver in 5 years.

Oh and expect a similar announcement for Toronto some time soon.
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On reflection, I'd like to see Amazon have their HQ2 in Calgary. There's plenty of office space, and a healthy supply of homes at reasonable prices. It would also help dilute the unhealthy influence of the oil industry there.
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On reflection, I'd like to see Amazon have their HQ2 in Calgary. There's plenty of office space, and a healthy supply of homes at reasonable prices. It would also help dilute the unhealthy influence of the oil industry there.
Could basically end the reliance on oil over night which would be nice.
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Great to see Amazon investing so much in Canada. 1000 new high quality jobs is a big boost for any region of Canada, way to go Vancouver. And looking forward to the Toronto announcement.
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Old Posted Nov 4, 2017, 7:09 PM
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On reflection, I'd like to see Amazon have their HQ2 in Calgary. There's plenty of office space, and a healthy supply of homes at reasonable prices. It would also help dilute the unhealthy influence of the oil industry there.
Huge employers like that also have the potential to ruin what makes Calgary good in the first place. Seattle's housing prices are extremely elevated such that local non-tech workers are priced out of the market. Seattle's entire business environment also became heavily slanted towards tech, which feeds a fly wheel of forcing other types of businesses out who are priced out of real estate, commercial office space, labour costs, and so on. Once your workforce is dominated by high paying tech salaries and your working demographics are full of software engineers, you get a city dependant on tech not so much unlike how Calgary is currently dependant on oil and gas.

Personally I think I'd rather see Calgary slowly, organically, and sustain-ably grow their tech sector along with other industries outside of tech. We've seen a lot of start ups spring up since the downturn, many of which are focused on things like consumer goods, wholesale trade, innovative manufacturing, and so on. The seeds are being planted today to diversify the Calgary of tomorrow.

I don't think we need to trade one freight train Goliath for another.
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I much rather see Amazon HQ2 be awarded to Detroit-Windsor. The area is in the midst of a robust economic comeback and it would help diversify their local economy.
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Google sees big things in Toronto, and Sidewalk Labs CEO says Amazon might, too
BY MONICA NICKELSBURG on November 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm



Sidewalk Labs wants to turn this stretch of undeveloped land into a high-tech new neighborhood. (Sidewalk Labs Photo)
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to clarify Doctoroff’s comments.

Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff is enamored with Toronto, where his company is partnering with the local government to build a high-tech waterfront neighborhood called Quayside. He’s so taken with Toronto that he thinks no other city will come close in Amazon’s HQ2 contest — that is, if the Seattle tech titan sees what he sees.

Doctoroff said so during a Town Hall in Toronto on Wednesday, chatting with Waterfront Toronto CEO Will Fleissig.

Here’s the exchange, which includes a couple of playful jabs at Amazon’s public Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

Doctoroff: “We really saw this as the perfect confluence of ambition, and experience, and location, and alignment. I gotta tell you something, that if Amazon sees what we do, it won’t even be a close call.”

Fleissig: “But unlike Amazon, they responded to our RFP.”

Doctoroff: “And we’re not asking for handouts either.”
It’s true, the City of Toronto put out a request for proposals to revitalize the waterfront neighborhood and Sidewalk Labs convinced the city government with a 196-page proposal. Amazon has a different goal for its project and a different approach. The Seattle-based tech titan accepted bids from 238 cities across North America, all eager to bring the massive corporate campus to their community.
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Ottawa-Gatineau HQ2

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The money is on Atlanta (3:1), Austin (3:1) or Boston (7:1). Top Canadian cities are Toronto (16:1) and Calgary (18:1).


PaddyPower Betting odds for Amazon HQ
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I still maintain it's either Atlanta or Charlotte.
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Old Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:19 PM
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The money is on Atlanta (3:1), Austin (3:1) or Boston (7:1). Top Canadian cities are Toronto (16:1) and Calgary (18:1).


PaddyPower Betting odds for Amazon HQ
I wonder what market forces pushed Calgary to almost the same odds as Toronto? Seems absurd to me.
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Old Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:25 PM
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I think the odds makers want to see Nenshi fight a bear!
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Old Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:26 PM
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I would think it points more towards Torontonians not really caring so not enough bets have been placed on Toronto.
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Old Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:26 PM
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I'm getting impatient... when do we know when Amazon will make the decision?
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Old Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:29 PM
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I think the odds makers want to see Nenshi fight a bear!
Man, I want Calgary to win now. Of course, it would probably end up as lame as Phelps vs shark.
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